Prawns, bacon & fresh pasta tossed in garlic butter (page 204)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the soya beans.
  • Count out the prawns.
  • Count out the bacon rashers.
  • Take the sunblush peppers out of their oil.
  • Cut the garlic butter with a butter knife.  

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 5 months, James 2 years 9 months 


This was a wonderful night, a Wednesday, so we had Casey at the table too. I tested this at the same time as the chicken with bacon and garlic butter.


I put everything in the middle of the table and we all helped ourselves. Casey is not keen on the prawns and neither is James, but that didn’t stop them eating and really enjoying the pasta. Jake and Jess polished off their prawns. James ate all his peas and the soya beans with a fork, one by one. I might be getting overwhelmed, but I can’t remember the last time he ate more than one or two peas. I held my breath, but he just kept on going, picking the peas up one by one with his fork. He just polished everything off.  


But then I remembered that James has been eating tinned peas at his child care in pasta, with tomato sauce. I also remember that last week a man from Waitrose told me about his visit to a pea cannery and he said the peas are picked and in the cans in two hours. So never discount canned vegetables for kids. Have a look the labels. Some will be more pure than others but it may be a good way to get kids to try vegetables, because the skins will be a bit softer. Kids can familiarise themselves with the shape and vegetable then move to fresh or a mixture, however it works best for you. Tinned and frozen vegetables are certainly not to be sneered at. Gosh this was a lovely meal time. I smiled and smiled.